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Did you know that there are several different organizations dedicated to cat breeds? Interestingly, they differ on how many breeds they recognize.The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) allows 44 breeds, while The International Cat Association recognizes 71. We’re staying out of that debate, but we do think they’re all pretty adorable! In this article, a vet introduces a few charming furballs you may not be familiar with.
As the name suggests, the Toybob is an itty bitty kitty. These sweet cats usually don’t get any larger than a 3 to 6 month old kitten. Unlike most toy breeds, they aren’t a smaller version of a larger breed, but are a unique breed of their own. They are very lovable, and tend to be great climbers and lapcats.
The Lykoi is a small kitty that is making big waves. These sweet felines are known as the werewolf cat, because of their unusual coats and wolf-like appearance. Don’t worry, though: you won’t turn into a werewolf if one of them bites you!
Named after the ancient Greek goddess of love, the Aphrodite is a fairly large kitty that also has a very big heart! They have very long back legs, and thick, soft coats. They grow more slowly than most cats, and take about 3 years to reach their full adult size.
The Tennessee Rex is the only furball on our list that is always a ginger. These pretty redheads are quite large. They also have curly coats! Their exact lineage is unknown, as the breed traces back to a Tennessee stray that gave birth to some unique looking kittens.
A mix of the Desert Lynx and the Jungle Curl, the Highlander first clawed her way into our hearts in 2004. These cute kitties are lovable, cuddly, smart, and frisky. Unlike most of our feline pals, they actually like water. They’re also talented little gymnasts!
The Cheetoh cat is a cross between the Bengal and the Ocicat, two exotic breeds. Like many wild cats, they have striking patterned coats. They’re also quite the little chatterboxes!
The Ojos Azules has actually been around since 1984, but they are still quite rare. These kitties can sport a variety of colors, but they always have gorgeous, deep blue eyes. In fact, the name Ojos Azules means ‘blue eyes’ in Spanish!
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local animal clinic!